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and the first aviator to hold this post. how much longer can you sustain the operations you have in afghanistan? >> we spent a long time thinking about that. i think we can sustain it for -- i hesitate to say indefinitely, but for quite a while. our forces are -- some of them are one to two. our in fantry is less than that right now. but the morale is commensurate with the good feeling that marines have about what they are doing and they feel that what they are doing is important. as long as that is the case and they are being supported back home, we can continue to sustain this. >> marines in one form or another have been in afghanistan since 2001. what are some of the more recent lessons that you have learned from the latest push? >> first of all, we took a lot of lessons out of iraq. not everything translated from iraq and afghanistan but a lot of it did. the importance of culture and tribal chiefs. in iraq it was the sheikhs but here it's the tribal chiefs and who the decision-makers are in the tribe. protecting the people is important. understanding the importance of training the afghan na
had "rambo" in afghanistan, you have a war in the afghanistan and a lot of the way we describe it is about the rambos in afghanistan. obviously, gordon gekko becomes bernie madoff and all the ripoff artist on wall street. the evil guy from "tron," i'm only have joke here, kind of is mark zuckerberg. [laughter] the a-team, the idea of the private contractor you have to hire to fix your problems for you is kind of, in some ways, blackwater or at least our reliance on private contractors and how we think about private contractors. and the evil guy, cobra, in "g.i. joe," was a very clear allusion to islamic fundamentalist terrorism. what i argue in the book is that these images, these stories became powerful in the 1990 and -- 1980s and enduring because of certain structural changes that were happening in our economy. and i told nathan by e-mail that i was going to do this. i stole and used one of the cover graphics of nathan's book to sort of highlight how this happened. but an argument in this book is that things change in the 1980s in a way that made the storylines and the icono
? well, they say that the savings from winding down the wars in iraq and afghanistan don't count. specifically, they say that these savings are -- quote -- "a widely ridiculed accounting gimmick that breeds cynicism." unquote. yet all but three of the 43 senators who signed this letter voted for the ryan budget on may 25 this year. that budget counted the same drawdowns as almost identical in savings. so those savings were legitimate enough to secure their support for the ryan budget but not legitimate enough to secure their support for leader reid's debt ceiling compromise. and here we are on the precipice, and suddenly they've done a 180-degree turn. either these savings count or they don't. you can't have it both ways. so we are proposing exactly what republicans have been saying that they want. yet instead of accepting this deal, they're using what precious time we have left to push forward with their agenda, and it's not even their agenda. it's the tea party agenda. their radical agenda is a wolf in sheep's clothing. last night we voted down speaker boehner's plan which requ
there, greg. we stop cutting the head off pigs and focus on the war in afghanistan -- >> it was a metaphor, bill. >> what is a meta for? >> for dog shadows and things. >> how many members of al-qaeda do you think are left in the world? >> seven. no, you know what, nobody really knows. the reason why this is coming out now, you heard a little bit about this. some people are talking about, well, maybe we are ahead of the curve and maybe we will win. there are several reasons why there are some people talking about this. part is political ahead of the election. part is fatigue over the whole situation and this lingering euphoria over killing bin laden. we are not putting an end to this. >> there is no such thing as wining and losing. it is like cockroaches. >> it is. >> you spray every month and they come back. did the idea of winning and losing this war -- you could only beat the crap out of them every day. >> we have gotten to the point we like to box everything into a simple story. for us it has been al-qaeda. as you pointed out, we are fighting muslim extremism. th
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